(Galileo) Galileo. (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo figaero…

Texas is just ‘et up with the stupid.

US Congressman Lamar Smith (R) 1 recently submitted a draft for a bill entitled…are you ready for this?…the High Quality Research Act.

The ‘idea’ (should this boneheaded proposal not be summarily aborted) behind the bill is to improve scientific research. Indeed…an estimable, laudable goal. The means by which that would be achieved, however, are less that exemplary.

What Smith suggests is that all research done using federal funds will be forced to have its results approved by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives. 2

’cause, you know, Congress is made up of rocket scientists and will be able to provide meaningful “peer review”.

If these committees do not agree to the research findings, the research is yanked from the pointy head crowd and, well, Congress will do something with it. Or not. Totally their call.

Wake up, people.

(Galileo) Galileo

Here, offering a rebuttal to Congressman Smith, is noted social research scientist Freddie Mercury: (Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo figaero…

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  1. Duh…
  2. I haven’t looked, but dollars to doughnuts Smith is on or Chairs the Science & Space Committee; probably hates all those Federal dollars being shot into space instead of winding up in his campaign coffers, would be my guess. Or just hates, ya know, science.

3 thoughts on “(Galileo) Galileo. (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo figaero…”

  1. I think I would take a different approach? I would suggest putting forward a “High Quality Legislation Act”.

    Under my proposal, any legislation passed by both houses of congress will require a review by the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, the World Health Organization and a panel of tenured professors from MIT, Johns Hopkins, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Caltech for fact checking BEFORE going to the President’s desk for signature.

    If the legislation does not receive unanimous approval from these reviewers, it is sent back to congress with the errors clearly marked and annotated in red ink and an overall grade assigned.

    Congress shall have no more than 3 attempts per bill to get a passing grade. If after 3 attempts the legislation still contains factual errors, it gets a Reality Veto, does not go to the President and does not become law.

    This is why I should be Supreme Ruler of the Sol Heliosphere. At least until such a time as I have the honor of abdicating in favor of our AI Overlords.

    1. X.O. – you win the Innernetz!

      I have already forwarded your proposal to Congressman Smith’s WDC office, as well as -just, you know, to be safe– every other sitting member of Congress, with special missives going to VP Biden and WhatEverTheFuckHeIsNow Gingrich.

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